This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jackie of Aging Backwards. Jackie is in her mid fifties, wears knee high boots, short desses and has long gorgeous “Kate Middleton” brown hair. But what I think what really makes Jackie seem decades younger is her positive, life embracing attitude. She has an infectious enthusiasm for life that she carries over to the topics she covers on her blog and on posts that appear on Style Goes Strong and the Examiner. We can go the same event and she will find a great tid bit or new product that went right past me. I’ve come to believe that a youthful attitude and curiosity have a huge impct on her deceptively young appearance.
As the decades go by, life happens. We become disappointed in love, struggle with our children, and lose both jobs and friends. These life changes happen to everyone and their impact can become etched on our posture and personality. Jackie just seems to say “next” and moves on enthusiastically to life’s next adventure. I think that this positivity is at least as helpful as the latest anti-aging hope in a jar.
And speaking of hope in a jar, I recently had lunch with Carrie Tuhy, co-founder of one of my new favorite blogs Second Lives Club. She jokingly mentioned tht she had to “study up” to read my posts when I started to decribe scientific aspects of skin care. I know that discussing the pros and cons of anti-aging ingredients can become dense, but I’m passionate about knowing what works and what doesn’t. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter is an amazing guide to the hundreds of ingredients used in anti-aging and beauty products. Now in its seventh edition, and written in clear, easy to understand language, A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients provides in-depth info about both harmful and desirable ingredients found in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. I’ve gone through three editions and the latest edition has a place of honor on my beauty bookshelf.